The What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Job Posted: 11 January 2022 By Next Up

Chair of the Board


The role of the Chair is to ensure that the Centre fulfils its vision, mission and values, and delivers its purpose and strategy effectively and sustainably in line with agreed targets.

Their main responsibilities include: Board leadership Managing the business of the Board • Leading in appointing, appraising and supporting the development of Board members

• Ensuring that the Board maintains and develops an effective interface with the Executive Director and his/her senior team

• Planning the annual cycle of Board meetings

• Ensuring that the Board agenda focuses on the right issues, is informed by good quality papers and records and that decisions taken at board meetings are implemented

• Ensuring effective debate and collective decision making. Governance development

• Upholding good governance practices and performance management, ensuring that the Centre has proper controls, systems and processes in place

• Ensuring that the needs and interests of all stakeholders, including the wider public, are at the heart of the Centre’s work. Management of the CEO

• Working closely with the Executive Director providing direction and support

• Appraising and holding the Executive Director to account

• Making recommendations to the Board concerning his/her reward. Ambassadorial

• Working in partnership with the Executive Director to represent the charity externally, ensuring that excellent relationships are built and maintained with current and potential stakeholders and partners. The role is unremunerated. However, reasonable expenses will be paid

Skills required:

The Chair of the Board will be able to demonstrate evidence of the following:

• A successful track record of significant achievement through their career

• Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level in high profile, public, not for profit or commercial sector organisations

• A strong commercial skills set including confidence in working with budgets under pressure

• An in-depth understanding of and commitment to good governance

• An open, collaborative and inclusive style of leadership

• Excellent people leadership skills including coaching and mentoring

• Excellent influencing and communication skills

• The ability to act as an effective ambassador for the Centre

• A broad understanding of issues relating to wellbeing, including an understanding of the diversity of the UK population and factors affecting different people’s wellbeing

• Integrity and commitment to the Centre, its purpose, vision, mission and strategy

We are constantly seeking to increase the diversity of experience and thinking represented by the Board and would particularly welcome applications from individuals representing a range of backgrounds across age, race, religion, social class and sexual orientation, including those with personal experience of factors that impair wellbeing.


About the organisation:

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s vision is of a future where the wellbeing of people and communities improves year on year and wellbeing inequalities are reduced.

We believe that improving wellbeing should be the ultimate objective of policy and community action. Our mission is to develop and share robust, accessible and useful evidence that governments, businesses, communities and people use to improve wellbeing across the UK.

The Centre has established itself as a world leading organisation in this developing field. We produce highly regarded evidence synthesis, pioneer methodology development and co-create tools for measuring an organisation’s impact on wellbeing.

Whilst we have a global audience and partnerships our main focus is working with organisations across the UK. We work with wellbeing researchers, policy makers and practitioners across sectors to bring together the best available evidence on wellbeing and communicate it in a way that is accessible, timely and useful.

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How to apply

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